Les Lauriers Petit Hotel

Les Lauriers Petit Hotel: Our full report

Rooms
14 rooms
Children
Fine for all ages.
Open
All year

On Praslin's stunning Côte d'Or, the simple Les Lauriers Petit Eco Hotel,is located conveniently in Anse Volbert Village. Set back from the road, a block from the beach, it lies in lush palm- and hibiscus-filled tropical gardens. Although not overlooking the sea, it is just a couple of minutes’ walk to the beautiful white-sand beach and sheltered waters of Anse Volbert.

The 14 rooms at Les Lauriers are arranged in a series of buildings that have been painted an unusual banana yellow, which gives the place a really bright, tropical-island feel. Opened about 15 years ago with just four standard rooms, the little hotel now has another two large family rooms on the first floor level of a separate block set slightly further back from the road, and eight villa rooms in semi-detached buildings around the lovely gardens. All are constructed from stone and tile, and each has a terrace or balcony where you can sit out and enjoy pleasant views of the gardens. Air conditioning, a ceiling fan, safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a small fridge come as standard, while the family and villa rooms also have a satellite TV.

  • The original four Standard Rooms are small but immaculate. The walls of the bedrooms are painted white, and tiles help keep them cool underfoot. Pictures and marine-themed decorations add a homely feel. There is a petite en-suite bathroom with toilet and shower.


  • The two Family Rooms are large, with space for two extra beds, and a good-size en-suite bathroom with toilet and shower. There is also a satellite television and an iPod docking station.

  • Set in the gardens, the eight spacious Villa Rooms are the newest of the rooms, and they’re lovely. Like the other room types, they have an en-suite bathroom with toilet and shower, but these also have an outdoor shower.


In the family and villa rooms, the floors are made from screed decorated with colourful rugs, and the white walls and slightly more sophisticated décor give them a really fresh, modern feel. We’d recommend these over the standard rooms.

The small hotel has its own ice-cream bar and a popular open-sided restaurant (complete with a life-size boat!), with festive, brightly coloured décor. Open for breakfast and dinner to both hotel residents and non-residents, it offers a Creole buffet and barbecue. A live band plays here on a weekly basis.

Sybille and Edwin Cardon, owners of Les Lauriers, are very proud of their efforts to make their small hotel as eco-friendly as possible. A full 120 solar panels run all the lights, and provide power to the villa rooms. In addition, they recycle 80% of the water used at the hotel.

Sybille is a ball of energy and would be very happy to help with making arrangements for activities, or giving you advice on where to shop or eat if you don’t feel like dining in. The sheltered waters of Anse Volbert beach are great for swimming, and Edwin runs fishing, snorkelling and island-hopping trips which can be booked when you arrive.

Due to the location of Les Lauriers, car hire is not essential. You can wander down to local restaurants and the beach quite easily, and there are a few very basic shops nearby.

Our view

The well-located Les Lauriers would be a really good option for those on a budget. It’s not right on the beach, but sea and sand beckon just a stone's throw away. When we’ve popped in on our various visits, we’ve found it to be very relaxed and welcoming, with very hands-on owners who go out of their way to be helpful.

Geographics

Location: Praslin Island, Seychelles

Ideal length of stay: Three nights or more

Directions: Les Lauriers is about a ten-minute drive from Praslin’s ferry port and a 20- minute drive from the airport. Meet-and-greet transfers can be arranged.

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Sybille and Edwin Cardon

Food & drink

Usual board basis: B&B

Food quality: Guests can book on a bed-and-breakfast or half-board basis.

In the evening, the restaurant serves a large creole barbecue buffet, including meat, salads, curries and of course dessert. The owner, Edwin Cardon, cooks the meat and he relishes doing it.

The little restaurant is popular in the village, so it’s advisable to make a reservation if you’d like to dine here.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £20-25

Drinks included: Drinks are not included.

Further dining info: None.

Children

Attitude towards children: Children are welcome at Les Lauriers Petit Eco Hotel.

Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions.

Special activities & services: Babysitting can be arranged on request, though staff are not formally trained in child minding.

Equipment: Cots and highchairs can be provided by prior arrangement.

Notes: The hotel is just off the main road through Anse Volbert village, so parents will need to supervise their children at all times.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Mains Electricity

Power supply notes: UK-style 3-square-pin sockets are fitted throughout.

Communications: There is good cellphone reception. WiFi is available throughout the property; it is free if staying in a villa room, though at the time of our visit in July 2015, there was a charge of €10 per stay in a standard room.

TV & radio: There are satellite televisions in the villa and family rooms, but the standard rooms do not have TV.

Water supply: Mains

Water supply notes: All rooms have a flushing toilet and shower. Les Lauriers recycles waste water for cleaning, watering plants etc.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Medical care: The nearest clinic is in Baie St Anne about 10 minutes' drive away.

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

Security measures: There are no security guards, but the owners live around 200m from Les Lauriers.

Fire safety: There is a fire extinguisher in each room, as well as a fire bell to warn guests in case of a fire.

Extras

Disabled access: Not Possible

Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge

Money: There is a safe in each room. The hotel does not offer currency-exchange facilities.

Accepted payment on location: Payments are accepted by Visa and MasterCard, as well as cash in Seychellois rupees, euro, US dollars and pounds sterling.

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